in essence this is where i first started with Steve reich the hugely influential american mininal,loops,pulse composer. for less than £6 its a good starting place to hear and enjoy Reich's "typical" melodic and hypnotic music. "six pianos" is my least favourite work here however, as its overlong + it becomes tiring on the ears . "music for mallet instruments" and the "variations" are much more rewarding displaying more depth + subtley of repetition + harmonic layering within a deeply melodic , shifting tonal framework. and oh - the music here for me, is far better than nearly anything released by the totally overated Philip Glass in my humble opinion - containing more variety + depth of expression.
it must be said that Reich's music my well polarise opinion amongst contemprary music fans - like Reich , use of repetition,overtly tonal + subtle melodic shifting lines is not for everyone so beware as much of their music can test listeners patience with long seemingly static uneventful yet subtle music. sound quality is a little murky in places ( i suspect not first generation master recordiings were used for this DG release, but is acceptable. a digital remaster + re release would highlight the subtleties in the music better.
not as essential as the none-such/Kronos Qrt/Pat Metheny release: "different trains + "electric counterpoint" or arguably as diverse and interesting as the "Reich Remixed" dj/remix project, but but fine as a starter all the same.